Happy Friday evening everyone!
Hope you had a good week and are looking forward to a nice Valentine’s weekend. We are probably going to a dance tomorrow night but not sure yet. Should be lots of fun if we go!
I have decided to start a topic every FRIDAY and I will be discussing different things that I think you may find interesting. I will still blog on other days during the week about other cool stuff and happenings too!
So have a great weekend and thanks so much for stopping by to say hello! 🙂
LET’S TALK ABOUT VAMPIRES!!!
Today I wanted to talk about something that is near and dear to my heart…VAMPIRES! When I was a little girl, my mom was a stay at home mom before she started her own antique shop. My brother and I were only 14 months apart and trying to find stuff for us to do was not always easy.
Every week, our local library would have movies in the afternoons and trying to keep us from getting bored, she would take us. I can still remember those old movies! Some were black and white and other sepia but one in particular that I remember was DRACULA. I will never ever forget it!
I think watching those movies got me started on my path of writing horror. I just loved them and even at that early age could sense the drama and romance of the vampire and the mysteries surrounding them.
Vampire…the word alone can strike fear in one’s heart and make another’s beat faster out of lust.
But what is it about these dark, mysterious creatures that have women (and men) in a frenzy?
Usually if you talk of a mysterious stranger entering your bedroom at night and seducing you into an ecstasy like you have never known, lavishing you with eternal life, draining you of your life force while offering theirs up for the taking…one would think you had gone mad or lost all sense of rational thinking.
But what about the not so nice vampires who are murderous fiends only out for one thing…kill and kill again. Savagely ripping out your throat, licking every last drop of blood from your now cold, dead body…then catching sight of another victim…and carelessly tossing you aside like yesterday’s garbage?
Do vampires exist or are they just make belief Hollywood nonsense?
I choose to believe they are real and they do indeed exist in one form or another.
My favorite vampire movies are THE LOST BOYS, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE and NEAR DARK.
SO, WHAT IS A VAMPIRE?
According to Wise Geek:
“A vampire is a mythical creature which sustains itself by drinking the blood of living animals.
Most vampire myths center around the reanimation of human corpses, with the corpse preying on other humans for the blood it needs. Vampire mythology is ancient, with most cultures having some version of the vampire in their folklore, perhaps reflecting a universal desire to explore the ideas of death and dying.
The common thread in all vampire stories is that the creature must feed on human blood to survive, and typically it is created by being bitten by another vampire. In many myths, vampires are also described as immortal, and feats of great strength are often required to kill vampires; beheading, burning, exposure to sunlight, staking through the heart, and dismemberment are all presented as possible ways to kill a vampire in various myths.
Typically vampires are described as nocturnal, using the cover of night to conceal their activities and avoiding the sunlight, which is often described as harmful to vampires.
A plethora of myths surround vampires. According to some tales, vampires sleep in coffins, often coffins filled with earth. In other stories, vampires cannot cross running water, or enter a home without an invitation.
Vampires may also be sensitive to garlic, crosses, and holy water in some stories, and they classically prey on young, beautiful men and women. Some vampires can supposedly change into bats, wolves, and other animals in some stories, while others possess the power of flight, or are able to turn into vapor.
For the bulk of history, vampires have been described as dark, bloated corpses. In the 19th century, however, the popular mythology surrounding vampires began to shift, and they came to be described as cadaverously thin, extremely pale individuals, perhaps reflecting an increase of tuberculosis, a disease which sometimes caused people to resemble vampires, as they grew thin and pale and coughed up blood. In many modern stories, vampires are devastatingly attractive, using their beauty to lure their victims, and they are often portrayed as wealthy or aristocratic.
The universality of the vampire myth is rather intriguing to many anthropologists and historians. Researchers have suggested that the pervasiveness of certain aspects of the vampire myth may be related to a lack of understanding about the process of death and decomposition.
Historically, “corpses” sometimes did reanimate, because they weren’t actually dead, but no one realized this, due to shortcomings of the medical profession. Furthermore, bodies often appeared to shift in their tombs as they settled during the decomposition process, also becoming dark and bloated. Grave robbing would also have contributed to the illusion that bodies had gotten out of their graves overnight.”
So do you think you are a vampire? Check out this site to find out…but only if you dare…http://vampirewebsite.net/
OTHER COOL SITES FOR VAMPIRE LOVERS
VAMPIRE RAVE http://www.vampirerave.com/
VAMPIRE EMPIRE http://www.vampire-empire.com/index.html (I was interviewed on this site)
THE VAMPIRE LIBRARY http://www.vampirelibrary.com/ (I am listed on this site)
COOL AND SEXY VAMPIRE QUOTES!
“Vampires to me have always been very sexy.” – Stephen Dorff
“There are such beings as vampires, some of us have evidence that they exist. Even had we not the proof of our own unhappy experience, the teachings and the records of the past give proof enough for sane peoples.” – Bram Stoker
“One thing vampire children have to be taught early on is, don’t run with wooden stakes.” – Jack Handy
“One vampire’s bite brings another one’s birth.” – Victoria Boatwright
“I am neither good, nor bad, neither angel nor devil, I am a man, I am a vampire.” – Michael Romkey (I, Vampire)
“It takes us back to primitive times when we worshipped dark gods as well as light gods. And it’s a powerful metaphor for the outcast – and monster in all of us.” – Anne Rice
“When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers I kind of wanted to be a vampire.” – Angelina Jolie
Let’s talk about WITCHES! We’ll explore the history of the witch and the modern day Wicans plus delve into the Salem Witch Trials and lots more!
My first book came out in paperback back in 2004. It was the Vampire novel, PUNCTURE
A hauntingly beautiful tale about vampire love and betrayal between a mortal and an undead.
Craving a taste for the dark side, Veronica gets more than she bargained for when she is seduced by Victor, an evil and dangerous vampire. His obsession with her runs her off the road to Heaven and soon she too will turn her back on righteousness.
Longing to be mortal again and trapped in the darkness of an immortal life, she struggles with knowing right from wrong, Heaven from Hell, and love from hate.
But when she discovers the truth about her dark prince, will it be too late? Will her new vampire friend help her destroy the only man she has ever loved? And why is he so willing to help her destroy him?
You will fall in love with the innocent Veronica and her search for love, feel her joy at rekindling an old flame and die with her as the love of her life becomes her murderer.
Victor is a charming but wicked vampire who could compel a corpse on the gallows to speak. We follow him as he preys on Veronica, senses her weakness and watch as he pounces on her and destroys her with just…one…puncture.
Every woman knows a man like Victor…
The original cover for PUNCTURE (paperback version)
Although my love for him at one time was beyond words, I had now become repulsed by the very sight of him. I had become remote from sunlight, love and laughter and all the sweetness of life. He had taken these things from me and after tonight, after my first kill, I knew there was no going back. I was imprisoned by the agony of being cut off from God, which to me is the true meaning of hell. I envied the saved and the righteous, I wanted to be a part of the living again. I will never, ever forget the look on that woman’s face as I released her from her earthly existence. I will have a long time to remember.
“Why do you fight it so?” Victor said as he rose, his usual sarcasm noticeably softened. “You have had time to adjust, have you not?”
“Adjust?” I shouted. “Adjust to being a killer? A monstrous fiend? I will never forgive you for what you have done to me. I want to awaken from this sleep of death. I want to feel warmth again, to love again, to live!”
“Never is a long time, even for us,” he sighed. “Don’t you realize the gift that I have given you, yes a gift. Let me read you something.” He reached into a drawer and pulled out a heavy black book. “Here it is…let me see…yes, here, listen to this:
But man dies and is laid low; man breathes his last and where is he? As water fails from the lake and a river wastes away and dries up, so man lies down and rises not again.
“Do you recognize those words Veronica? Well, you should, they come from the book that mortals have relied on for centuries to guide them, to fix them. I had those words and others like them shoved down my throat for years…I can still taste them. I have delivered you from the barren darkness of the grave, from your own private burial mound for the dead and you still refuse to thank me, to see it my way…the only way.”
He threw the book down on the bed. The words Holy Bible stared back up at me as if to shame me for what I have done.
PUNCTURE Copyright Lisa V. Proulx 2004
REVIEWS FOR PUNCTURE
“Wow! This book blew me away. I have never read a story that captured the agony of love and abuse so vividly. Veronica is so fragile yet so strong. She kicks ass! Victor is a real wicked so and so but you can see why she loves him so and fights so hard to keep him. You love him but you hate him! The author really captured the internal fight Veronica feels as she struggles with her vampire life and her mortal heart. I actually cried for her. A great read! Highly recommended!!! ” Wilamena F. Maryland
“Never have I read a book that brings together romance, drama, and horror in such an engrossing and absorbing way. A great combination to complete a masterpiece of fiction that no book shelf should be without. Proulx makes the reader feel the anguish of her character Veronica in such a way that simple words can not do justice for. It simply must be read. Though short in stature this piece of fiction lacks nothing and carries the reader on a journey through the eyes of Veronica and her plight for normalcy in a chaotic world of vampires. A must have and a must read! Two enthusiastic thumbs up to Proulx! ” J.L.C. New Hampshire
“This book is so good, I could not put it down! I sorta felt that I was one with Veronica..I had a Victor, who sucked the life out of me. He was not a vampire but I also felt lost and alone except for him… This book makes me think of the power some men have over women and I think you did a good job with this!! ” Phyllis L. Florida
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“The whole theme of Interview with the Vampire was Louis’s quest for meaning in a godless world. He searched to find the oldest existing immortal simply to ask, What is the meaning of what we are?” – Anne Rice